Conscious Parenting - help for you your child and your whole family Rafael Richman, PhD Psychologist, Jerusalem Israel

Discover How to Dance Gracefully with your Child without Stepping on Each Other's Feet

Rafael Richman, PhD, Psychologist

What is conscious parenting?

Conscious parenting is an attitude and a way of being that parents can choose to adopt when they relate and respond to their children. At its core, the conscious parenting approach is about increasing awareness. It entails becoming more mindful of what the parent is already doing now and whether and how the parent wishes to modify what they are doing.

In conscious parenting parents are encouraged to notice their inner feelings, thoughts, and reactions while interacting with their children. Special emphasis is given to the "dance" of action and reaction of the parent to the behavior and feelings of the child.

In conscious parenting:

The parent's awareness of the parent-child relationship provides a framework for incorporating skills that can enhance the "dance" with their child.

The parent learns to create and sustain a positive climate in their home

The essence of the child and the child's inherent goodness is valued and acknowledged by the parent.

The child is respected and honored as an individual, and the parent helps the child to discover his/her uniqueness.

How can the conscious parenting approach help me and my family?

The approach has practical, useful, real-life implications that are often positive and beneficial. First and foremost, conscious parents develop an ongoing awareness of the parent-child "dance". Through this awareness parents can potentially enhance and enrich the way they react and interact with their children. Second, within the conscious parenting framework parents incorporate a set of specific parenting skills and tools [see next section]. Last, a particular advantage of being a conscious parent is that it affords parents more choice and flexibility.

Skills and Strategies in the Conscious Parenting model:

Skills in the conscious parenting model include: genuine and active listening to and acknowledging your child's feelings, thoughts, and experience; thinking systems [being aware of the parent-child dance]; being on the same team as your child; describing your child's present behavior;  and expressing your feelings.

In the conscious parenting ongoing parent group the above and additional skills and strategies are introduced, discussed, and practiced.

Dr. Rafael Richman
Rafael Richman, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist & Psychologist

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  • Dr. Rafael Richman, Psychologist, provides psychotherapy and consulting to adults, couples, and families, and to adolescents, parents and children. He offers services for people suffering from a wide range of difficulties and life circumstances, including depression, anxiety, marriage and relationship difficulties, ADHD, insomnia and sleep difficulties, and trauma.
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